Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you moms, moms-to-be, grandmoms, great-grandmoms, godmoms, aunts, and even friends a Happy Mother's Day!! And an extra special thank you is going out to my wife, who I know is one of my most loyal readers and is the best mother in the whole world.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to see my mom for Mother's Day, as she is home in Brooklyn NY (where I was born and raised) and we're down here in Tar Heel country. But we did send her a very special gift, which I know you all will appreciate.

We signed my mom up for a Beginning Quilting class at Purl!

My mom is already a very crafty lady -- she is a world-class knitter that makes absolutely beautiful, boutique-worthy baby sweaters and kids' sweaters (that without fail receive multiple compliments from strangers any time my kids wear them) as well as knitted blankets. But I think she's itching to get into quilting as well. I hope she likes the gift, and I am excited to see how she responds.

We'll be seeing my wife's mother and grandmother this weekend, and this past Sunday I was struck by a moment of inspiration (or was it insanity??). I decided I wanted to give both my mother and mother-in-law something homemade for Mother's Day. I had a jelly roll of Dandelion Girl and no plans of what to do with it, so I decided to tackle a table runner that I saw in a recent issue of American Patchwork & Quilting that really caught my eye.

It's been keeping me up late every night this week.

Here it is, all pieced and pressed. I plan on quilting it this evening.

So I seem to learn something new with each new project. With this one, it was how to sew together angled pieces and still get them into a straight line. This "beginner" pattern failed to mention anything about it! It took me a good 15 minutes of staring at it and 2 ripped seams to figure it out.

I LOVE this and I am so excited by how it turned out. One jelly roll makes 2 of these, with a good bit still left over. Unfortunately, I only completed one of the two. My mom's is all cut and I hope to work on it next week. I already told her that her gift would be a bit late ... but I'm hoping the surprise of the class will be enough to get her through.


  1. That is beautiful! Im sure that the Mom's are going to love them.

    I am SO impressed by your work. I started quilting around the same time you did and I can't get joints to line up as perfectly as you do!! Grrrr! :)

    You also do a great job with color/fabric selections.

  2. the table runner looks great with that fabric. nice job!

  3. Very nice table runner. The moms getting this are lucky.

  4. What a great gift for your mom! My brother and I got our mom knitting classes for Xmas and she was thrilled. Side benefit - she's now making us gifts from our gift!
    I saw that runner and filed it away to make someday. Good luck finishing up the second one next week!

  5. Very nice! I think you did a great job on the table runners. What mom wouldn't love that???? And the quilt class!!!! Oh my!! I told my husband to have the kids buy me gift cards from the LQS...the PERFECT gift. Now, I'm not getting stuff I can't use! LOL, is that bad??? he he

  6. Looks great - I'm sure the moms will love them.

  7. that table runner is gorgeous! I've been wanting to make a dresser runner, so I think I'll try out this idea : )

  8. Love the table runner!
    My husband is a quilter, too, but not a blogger.

    After he finished a huge quilt made of squares and half square triangles, he told me he is done with triangles (and paper piecing, which is a class we took together) so all of his projects are squares and rectangles! But he does some nice things with them!

    I enjoyed reading your blog today. I found you from the quilt a long on Amanda Jean's blog. I am doing that, too.

  9. Your tablerunner turned out wonderful! I like your colorchoices :-)

    Great blog, I just found you via the 6"-12" mini quilt swap on Flickr :-)